Feeding the world’s growing population

New Zealand’s reputation as a quality food producer is growing.

Optimising food production

Over the next 50 years farmers around the world will need to produce more food than has been grown over the past 10,000 years.

Best use from a limited resource

Fertiliser helps farmers produce food efficiently by replenishing the soil. But fertiliser needs to be used responsibly.

Responsible and sustainable nutrient management

The Fertiliser Association invests in research and tools to ensure farm profitability while minimising nutrient losses to the environment.

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand promotes and encourages responsible and scientifically-based nutrient management.

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Submissions

The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand regularly makes submissions on issues related to the fertiliser industry.

Beneficial Use of Organic Waste Products on Land

31 March 2017

This submission seeks a narrowing of the list of raw organic materials which are suitable for having notable fertilising and soil conditioning properties. It questions the use of nitrogen application limits as the primary land application control.

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Proposed Waikato Regional Plan: Change 1 – Waikato and Waipa Catchments

8 March 2017

This submission provides feedback on the proposed plan to reduce the amount of contaminants entering into the Waikato and Waipā catchments. We support a collaborative approach, on a catchment basis, staged over realistic timeframes to allow for transition and development of capability. We also seek national consistency in programmes.

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Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan

1 September 2016

The Marlborough Environment Plan sets controls on land use and development. We support the overall intent of the Plan. However, we advocate using and applying Farm Environment Plans and industry agreed Good Management Practice to achieve the objectives of the plan.

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Proposed Southland Water and Land Plan

1 August 2016

This submission examines the proposed Southland Water and Land Plan, which is aimed at enabling the sustainable use and development of natural resources. We support its overall intent, but seek simplification of some of the farming rules, and clarification of terms and definitions.

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CAA Guidance – Farm airstrips and associated farm cartage, storage and application

15 July 2016

We provide comment on the Civil Agricultural Aviation Authority jettison rules, and application of industry standards and codes of practice.

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Proposed Plan Change 10 (Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management) to the Bay of Plenty Regional Water and Land Plan

27 April 2016

We support many aspects of this plan. However, we are generally opposed to the Regional Council’s approach to nutrient management. We seek clarity on the application and representation of ‘Reference Files’, and support the proposed Nutrient Management Plan changes and use of Certified Nutrient Management Advisers.

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Next Steps Fresh Water

22 April 2016

This submission provides feedback on the Ministry for the Environment’s consultation document for Freshwater Review. It calls for national consistency in terms and approach to water quality management. It also raises the importance of realistic timeframes and certainty for land users.

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Proposed Plan: Change 5 to the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan

11 March 2016

This submission expresses the fertiliser industry’s opinion that the fertiliser proxy in the Farm Portal is fundamentally flawed. It advocates alternative methods for arriving at or describing Good Management Practice N loss values.

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The proposed Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington region

23 October 2015

This submission aims to ensure that the planning framework provides for agricultural activities, particularly nutrient management. It seeks clarity in definitions and some provisions, and a new Plan ‘Objective’ to provide for primary production land-use. We support the use of Nutrient Management Plans.

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Setting New Zealand's post-2020 climate change target

2 June 2015

This submission emphasises the need for a global response to address climate change. Funding and focus should be on targeting solutions which could be adopted internationally. It recognises New Zealand’s unique emissions profile amongst OECD countries and the need to transition cost-effectively to a low emissions economy.

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The Fertiliser Association of New Zealand and Dairy NZ funded development of the Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme (NMACP). This industry-wide certification aims to ensure that advisers have the learning, experience and capability to give sound nutrient advice.

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7 June 2019

We have received questions recently about whether it is appropriate to apply phosphate (P) fertiliser during the winter months. As a result, the Fertiliser Association has produced an advisory with good management practice principles.

17 April 2019

Soil scientists have reached a new milestone, digitally mapping more than 8 million hectares of New Zealand soils.

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